What is eczema?
Eczema is a condition that causes the skin to become dry, itchy, red and in some cases cracked and sore. Eczema is more common in children but can affect adults too.
The symptoms of eczema
If you have never had eczema before, you may be unclear on whether its eczema, an allergy or just dry skin. There are some symptoms you can look for, including:
Skin is itchy, red, dry, sore and/or cracked
Skin can be affected in small localised patches or over the whole body
Common areas affected by eczema are the hands, creases of elbows and knees or the face and scalp
How to cope with eczema
While we know this can be easier said than done, if you can reduce stress it could help with your eczema. Stress can trigger an eczema flare-up or worsen symptoms.
Identify your triggers
There are many things that can trigger a flare-up of eczema, avoid the most common triggers such as perfumed soaps, dairy products, wool, pet hair and cosmetics.